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Old 07-19-2017, 05:24 PM   #29
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Personally I like non ducted air. I have had both and what I have found with the RVís that I have had is that the direct air flow of the non ducted cooled much better. That may not be so with other rigs but the non ducted air conditioner in my 30 ft. Itaska blew harder and was colder than the ducted air in my Damon 34 ft. Two air conditioners could not cool the Damon on a hot day whereas a single non ducted air conditioner in my Itaska was pleasantly cool on an equally hot day. I canít see how you can move cold air through the hot duct work in a hot roof with the sun beating down and maintain the same air temp. as air blowing directly from a non ducted unit. For me, if given the choice, Iíll take the non ducted. It wouldnít be a deal braker either way if I liked the RV but I prefer a non ducted air conditioner. In my case all air conditioners were 3500 BTU, the Itaska was a 79 and the Damon was a 94. Not apples to apples I know but that is the way I feel about it from my experience. Presently I have an 89 Nomad, 16 ft. trailer with a non ducted 7000BTU Duo Therm that on a 100+ day you have to turn down because it is too cold.
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:36 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
Personally I like non ducted air. I have had both and what I have found with the RVís that I have had is that the direct air flow of the non ducted cooled much better.
Hmmm, something I never even thought about. Anyone else find this to be the case?
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:50 PM   #31
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I'd be much more concerned about the size of the AC unit. Most TT come standard with a 13.5K AC unit. The upgrade is a 15K AC unit. Bigger is better.
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:55 AM   #32
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Also, insulation plays a large role in how hot/cold your RV will be. Our 4 season Tracer 215AIR remains cooler even in direct sunlight compared to the outside without having to run the A/C.
I won't miss the Coleman A/C we have on our PUP right now because it is loud and even being ductless wasn't very effective even standing at close range. I will happily take a small hit in cooling efficiency for the quiet that ducted A/C provides for those few times the DW claims it is too hot. I personally would just open up some windows and run a fan because I have a high tolerance for heat.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:39 AM   #33
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I have had both, a 5th wheel with ducted was quiet too a point unless you were close to it, yes it had the slide to just dump air into one area. Have had to motorhomes one ducted one not. One unit had a Coleman ducted was noisy, had a second one that had a Coleman, non ducted noisy. Changed the non ducted to an Atwood Air Command really quiet. Fast forward now have a travel trailer 2016 came with Dometic Brisk Air II it is non ducted, for our own marriage decided this was not going to work using phone app said DB was 85 to 90, well that is pretty loud, changed it to Atwood Air Command and now it at highest setting sound using same app and measuring from same point is 61-65 DB. That being said there are quiet non ducted units out there. Now as far as cooling yes the ducted air gets to a lot more spots but will say both non ducted units have cooled just great went from 97 degrees to 75 in less than an hour but then again the trailer is only 23 feet long.
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